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Online Library documents for HMP GARTREE
Gartree is a male category ‘B’ main lifer centre and houses the largest group of life-sentenced prisoners in the UK. Prisoners are able to progress to category ‘C’ or ‘D’ conditions if applicable, while others move on to other category ‘B’ establishments to complete sentence planning targets. There are six main wings and also a small therapeutic community; Gartree also has a small unit dedicated to prisoners with personality disorders.
Gartree opened in 1965 as a category C training prison but quickly changed its role and came within the high security system, reverting to a category B prison in 1992.
Since then the population of life sentenced prisoners has been growing and in 1997 its role changed to that of a main lifer centre.
Gartree’s main function is to enable lifesentenced prisoners to come to terms with their sentence, challenge them to address their offending behaviour.
Gartree’s houses the largest group of life-sentenced prisoners in the UK.
There are six main residential units. Wings A – D are the original 1960s build, although all have been refurbished since opening.
F1 comprises 12 cells and is run as a designated unit for prisoners who have learning difficulties or personality disorders and require additional assistance and guidance.
Wings G and H are newer build units and have been open since 2005/06.
All the residential units are generic units with no specific function or dedicated role and all are single cells.
There is a 12-bed segregation unit.
A new outpatient health care clinic centre is now open.
The Gartree therapeutic community (GTC) for up to 24 prisoners offers extensive TC intervention work.
Lifers as allocated by Population Management Unit.
Mon: 08:15 - 12:15, 13:30 - 17:15 & 18:00 - 19:45
Mon: 08:30 - 09:00 (Exercise), 18:15 - 18:45
HEALTH & SPORTS
Sports available include;
30 minutes per week.
Every prison has a Chaplaincy department managed by a Co-ordinating Chaplain and supported by admin staff, other Chaplains and ‘Sessional Chaplains’ (faith leaders who visit for specific services or sessions). The Chaplaincy is considered an important part of the prison structure. When a prisoner arrives at a prison they are usually seen by a Chaplain within 24 hours and are invited to register as a specific religion (if they haven’t already done so) and can change their declared religion at any time.
There is a full-time Anglican Chaplain and part-time Catholic, Free Church and Muslim Chaplains.
There are facilities for all other faiths.
Prison Healthcare is now commissioned by NHS England:
NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT
Tel: 0300 311 22 33
Link: How to make a complaint:
Complaints about Healthcare should be made first through the formal internal complaints system
There are seven Commissioning Trusts for ‘Offender Health’
East of England
Kent & Medway
Yorkshire & Humber
Healthcare at this prison is commissioned by:
East Midlands Health & Justice Commissioning
(hosted by Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Area Team)
Primary care Provider:
Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust
Freepost, RSUL-LSXC-AGJU, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Lakeside House, 4 Smith Way, Grove Park, Enderby, Leicester LE19 1SS
Tel: 0116 225 6000
Customer Services: 0116 295 0830 or 0831
Provider of Physical Health Care
Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust
Provider of Mental Health Care
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (secondary MH)
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Sudborough House, St Mary's Hospital, London Road, Kettering NN15 7PW
OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons and have inspected Gartree.
OFSTED NUMBER: 52284
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Basic Construction Skills
BTEC First Diploma in Hospitality
BTEC National Award for IT Practitioners
Business Finance (QCF)
Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Computerised Accounts (QCF)
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
ESOL Skills for Life
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)
Foundation Personal Finance
GCSE English A
GCSE English Literature B
GCSE History A
GCSE in Mathematics B (Modular)
GCSE Information and Communication Technology A
ICT Skills for Life
Intermediate Personal Finance
Introduction to Food, Drink and Cooking (Entry 3)
Key Skills in Communication - level 3
Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance
Key Skills in Information and Communication Technology - Level 1
Key Skills in Information and Communication Technology - Level 2
Key Skills in Information and Communication Technology - Level 3
Key Skills in Problem Solving
Key Skills in Working with Others
National Skills for Self Employment
National Success in Self Employment
NQF - Entry Level, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NQF - Level 2, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NQF - Level 3, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NQF - Level 3, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
NQF - Level 3, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
OCN Entry Level, PW B, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
Text Processing (Business Professional) (QCF)
Text Processing (Business Professional) (QCF)
Using Cooking Skills in a Domestic Kitchen
Using ICT (Entry 3) (QCF)
Using Visual Presentation Software
Employed: £2.50 - £7.50
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
There is no resettlement work.
Family Days Available
Guardian Has To Stay
|1 - 16 years|
No of Visitors Permitted
Story Book Dads/Mums
Monitoring and Inspection
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) regularly inspects prisons and produces a report of their inspection with recommendations for improvements.
Click Here to download a guide to inspections
Click Here to visit our Library Section where you can download the latest inspection reports for all prisons
Independent Monitoring Board
Each prison has an Independent Monitoring Board made up of local people who visit the prison regularly to check on the treatment of prisoners. They produce an Annual Report.
Click Here to visit our Library Section where you can download current and earlier IMB annual reports
Click Here to download the IMB’s information leaflet; explaining who they are and what they do.
OFSTED, who check on teaching standards in schools also visit prisons and publish a report of their findings.
Click Here to visit our Library Section where you can download OFSTED reports for all prisons
Monitoring & Inspection
Our on-line Library has a special section containing information, reports and publications about the monitoring of prisons and related services.
Click Here to visit the ‘Monitoring and Inspection’ section of our on-line Library
Information in this section has been kindly provided by the individual prison and the Ministry of Justice. This is supplemented with information from various government websites, Inspectorates and IMB reports and specialist departments within the Prison Service, government, and regional assemblies/parliaments.
Some of the data is published retrospectively: IMBs/Visiting Committees publish their reports up to 6 months after the end of the reporting period and at different times throughout the year, HMCIP publish their reports up to 6 months after the inspection. Population and performance figures are the latest published but can be considerably out of date.
Please Note: Information is constantly changing: The information on our website is regularly checked but if you have additional information, or if you believe that any of our information is incorrect or any links appear to fail please click on ‘Contact’, below.
Before acting upon any information you are advised to contact the prison directly to ensure there have been no recent changes.
Last Update: January 2014
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